Daily Meditation: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,..."
Gospel text (Lc 1,46-56):
Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever".
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!"
Todays Gospel presents for our consideration the Magnificat Canticle, with which the Virgin Mary, full of joy, greets Elizabeth, her relative, mother of John the Baptist, in her home. Marys words remind us of other Biblical canticles and songs She knew quite well and had so often, recited and contemplated. Now. however, those very words, on her lips, have a much deeper meaning: behind them, Gods Mother spirit shows through while also evincing the purity of her heart. Every day, at the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church makes these words hers when, with the Vespers, the Church addresses to Heaven the same song with which Mary rejoiced, blessed and thanked God for all His graciousness and sheer kindness.
Mary has benefited of the most extraordinary Grace any woman has ever received or will ever receive: amongst all other women in History, she has been chosen by God, to become the Mother of the Redeemer Messiah, whom Mankind had been awaiting for so many centuries. It is the highest honor ever granted any human person, and She accepts it with total restraint and humility, by realizing it all is Grace and a gift, and her own lowliness before the immensity of Gods power and greatness, which has done wonders on Her (cf. Lk 1:49). This is a great lesson of humility for all of us, Adams sons, and heirs of a human nature deeply stained by Original Sin which, day after day, would try to drag us down.
We are getting close to the end of Advent, a time of conversion and purification. To day, it is the Virgin Mary who is showing us the best way. Mulling over our Mothers prayer —by wishing to make it ours— will help us to become more humble. Mother Mary will help us if we truly ask her.
Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas
Audio: Weekdays of Advent: December 22th